Firedrake at War: Raids of the Zeppelins
by Mark Wolf
It is 1914. The British Empire is threatened to be conquered by Germany. Captain Jesse "Jester" Hobbes, a colonial from the Central Colonies of the Americas and his firedrake, Lanaree, serve in the Royal Flying Corps, fighting to stem the tide of the German aerial bombardment of England by Zeppelins and heavy Goth bombers. Hope and inspiration can sometimes take strange forms.
I received a free copy from the author and have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this alternative history. WW1 with dragons? Great idea - take a bit of inspiration from Pern and transplant it to the early 20th century and you have a wonderful little mash-up historical SF/fantasy. Mark Wolf is a solid writer and while the story line isn't edge of your seat exciting, the characters are interesting and you end up truly caring if Captain Jesse Hobbs and his firedrake Lanaree make it through the battle of the Zeppelins alive. Good novella, worth 99 cents for sure.